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September 19, 2012

READERS’ FORUM: Sept. 19, 2012

TERRE HAUTE —

Gun laws won’t stop crazy people

In reference to recent letter writer Shirley Thomas: A typical liberal response, “spice up” someone’s opinion to make them out as some kind of far-right-wing nut case. I didn’t “suggest” our right to bear arms was for protection from government gone bad. It is a matter of fact. I didn’t express concern about the course of our government, nor did I state Hitler’s banning guns catapulted him to power. It was insurance that any opposition could be easily thwarted. You seem fixed on clips that hold over a hundred rounds. What about 90 rounds?

You did get the “gun owner” part right. I have one handgun and two clips that hold 12 rounds each for protection purposes only. All the legislation in the world won’t keep crazy people from getting their hands on assault weapons. Take them all away (somehow) and they will get instructions online and make pipe bombs (or worse!) instead. The only “awful fairy tale” here is that you, like most liberals, think government can and should fix all of our problems.

The bottom line, it doesn’t matter if it’s a single-shot 22-caliber rifle or a 100-round assault rifle. It takes a person to fire it. Guns are not the problem, crazy people are. And God knows you can’t legislate morality.

— Stanley R. Hamm Sr.

Terre Haute

Student artwork supports charity

Ten ISU student artists spent the summer producing original artwork with the theme of “Our Town.” The Halcyon gallery, corner of Seventh and Ohio, is hosting a show of their work, called “Sense of Place.” Each artist donated at least one of their pieces to a silent auction for charity.

Take 30 minutes and visit Halcyon and see these works and consider supporting one or more of the following charities by bidding on your favorite one. The charities are: CODA, St. Ann Clinic, Family Y, Ryves Hall, Swope Museum, Arts Illiana, Downtown Terre Haute, 14th  Chestnut Community Center, Habitat for Humanity, Terre Haute Humane Society and Next Step.

The silent auction runs through Sept. 22.

The gallery is open noon to 5 Tuesday through Saturday.

— Tom Steiger, director

ISU Center for Student

Research Creativity

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